Dallas Property Crime Attorneys
Defense for Charges of Theft, Vandalism & More
Property crimes come under a variety of different headings, but all relate to the theft, vandalism, or destruction of property. Property, in this case, means anything belonging to someone else.
At the low end of the scale, property crimes include acts like shoplifting or putting graffiti on a wall. More serious examples include such things as arson and armed robbery.
Whatever the case, if you have been accused of or charged with a property crime, you need the aggressive legal services of an experienced Dallas property crimes lawyer at Hernandez & Baggett, PLLC. Even if you did commit the crime, you still need someone on your side who can argue the case for you and help you obtain the minimum sentence possible or get your entire case dismissed.
Call Hernandez & Baggett, PLLC today at (214) 855-7771 to get the help you need.
Types of Property Crime
Many property crimes involve theft, which means taking property, money, or an item of value from the original owner without his/her permission. Some factors that make the crime more serious are if the crime involved a significant amount of property, if property was damaged, if weapons were involved, or if people were harmed or threatened to be harmed.
The following is a rundown of various property crimes in Texas:
- Reckless damage or destruction — Can be charged if damage was done to property even without malicious intent
- Criminal mischief — Covers acts of vandalism and other acts that damage or tamper with property or equipment. Seriousness of crime varies by value; $100 or less in property damage is a Class C Misdemeanor, but damage between $2,500 and $30,000 is a state jail felony
- Theft — Taking another person’s property with intent to deprive that person of the property. May include cash, items from a store, motor vehicle parts, or personal property in a home
- Arson — Starting a fire with the intent to destroy property
- Robbery — A form of theft that also includes harm or threatening harm to people
- Burglary — Trespass or breaking and entering with the intent to commit another crime, such as theft
- Embezzlement, extortion, and other forms of white collar crime — May also be considered property crimes
As with other criminal offenses, various property crimes are likely to be sentenced more harshly if there are previous offenses on the alleged perpetrator’s record. If you have been charged with a property crime after a previous conviction, it’s even more important that you speak to a Dallas property crimes lawyer immediately.
Don't Talk without an Attorney Present
There is a reason why people are told they have the right to remain silent when they are arrested. Even if you’re trying to explain your actions, one wrong word can be used as evidence against you. As soon as you have been charged with a property crime, get legal help.
As Dallas property crimes lawyers, we have extensive experiencing defending people in your position. We can make sure your rights and freedom are protected throughout the process, and we can fight for your innocence, reduced jail time, or other options that will allow you a better chance of moving on with your life.